One of the greatest thrillers of all time Gaslight returns to UK theatres starring the celebrated stage and television actress Kara Tointon. Kara plays Bella Manningham, memorably portrayed by Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1944 film adaptation. Rupert Young of BBC 1’s Merlin joins Kara as husband Jack Manningham and the multi-talented Keith Allen is cast in the role of Detective Rough. The UK tour opens at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on January 6 2017.
While Jack Manningham (Rupert Young) is on the town each evening his wife Bella (Kara Tointon) is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight – is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The surprise arrival of retired Detective Rough (Keith Allen) leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core.
A highly suspenseful play, Gaslight is written by one of the 20th Century’s most renowned British writers, Patrick Hamilton whose works also include the chilling Rope (1929) successfully adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock.
In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie or Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, all-round elegant masterpiece.
Leading lady Kara Tointon has received universal critical acclaim for her West End stage roles including Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Further stage credits include the West End revivals of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Relatively Speaking. Television credits include winning the 2013 series of BBC television’s Strictly Come Dancing; ITV’s hit costume drama Mr Selfridge (where she played the title character’s daughter alongside real-life sibling Hannah) and most recently portraying Maria for the ITV production of The Sound Of Music Live! in December 2015.
A tense and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre, this new production of Gaslight is one not to be missed.
2017 TOUR DATES
6 – 14 January 0844 871 3011
Birmingham New Alexandra
16 – 21 January 0844 871 7607
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
23 – 28 January 0844 871 7645
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
30 January – 4 February 0844 871 3024
Grand Opera House, York
6 – 11 February 0844 871 7650
Theatre Royal, Brighton
13 – 18 February 01223 503333
Arts Theatre, Cambridge
www.cambridgeartstheatre.co.uk ** General On Sale 30 September **
20 – 25 February 0114 249 6000
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk ** General On Sale 17 September **
6 – 11 March 0844 871 7651
Richmond Theatre, Richmond
14 – 18 March 029 2087 8889
New Theatre, Cardiff
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk ** General On Sale 12 October **
Photo: Shaun Webb